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'World's oldest person' dies in Japan at 117

Apo - A 117-year-old Japanese woman, thought to be the world's oldest person, has died, a local official told AFP Sunday.

Syria strikes also sent message to N.Korea: Japan DefMin

Washington - The US-led air strikes against the Syrian regime also sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of talks with President Donald Trump, Japan's defense minister said Friday.

No-go warning as Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years

Apo - A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.

Japan female mayor battles men-only sumo rule

Apo - A female mayor at the centre of a fierce debate over allowing women into the sumo ring vowed Thursday never to back down as she lodged a formal protest."I won't give up this time around...

Q&A: Japanese abducted by North Korea

Apo - The recent whirlwind of diplomacy over North Korea has sparked hopes in Japan of a breakthrough in the painful decades-long issue of citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang.

Japan female mayor battles men-only sumo rule

Apo - A female mayor at the centre of a fierce debate over allowing women into the sumo ring vowed Thursday never to back down as she prepared to lodge a formal protest."I won't give up this time around ...

Top Japan finance official quits after harassment claims

Apo - The top bureaucrat at Japan's finance minister quit Wednesday following allegations he sexually harassed female reporters, saying he wanted to clear his name.

American visitors to North Korea: a history

Seoul - High-profile visits to reclusive North Korea are rare, but over the years it has hosted a handful of top US officials as well as the occasional religious leader and sporting star.

'I want my life back': Japan sterilisation victims seek justice

Sendai - Junko Iizuka remembers clearly the day she was taken to a hospital as a teenager and forcibly sterilised under a Japanese government programme.

Korea peace talks on agenda as reports say CIA chief met North's Kim

Palm Beach - President Donald Trump gave his blessing to talks aimed at formally ending the Korean War in a series of diplomatic revelations Tuesday, as reports said CIA director Mike Pompeo had met Kim Jong Un on a secret visit to Pyongyang.

Japan hails school clerk who won Boston Marathon

Apo - Japan on Tuesday hailed local school clerk Yuki Kawauchi, the surprise winner of the Boston Marathon, who called work after his victory to ask for an extra day off to celebrate.

Japan minister sorry as 6,000 police hunt fugitive thief

Apo - A Japanese minister apologised Tuesday over the escape of a "model" inmate who fled an open prison more than a week ago, as the number of police hunting him passed 6,000.

Japan to trial 'world's first urine test' to spot cancer

Apo - A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world's first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.

Trump hosts Abe with North Korea, trade on the agenda

Washington - US President Donald Trump hosts Japan's Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort Tuesday, with both men under pressure to deliver something more than bonhomie and birdies.

N.Korea, China 'discussing Xi visit to Pyongyang'

Apo - China and North Korea have been holding talks about a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pyongyang, a Japanese newspaper reported Monday as regional leaders step up diplomatic dialogue.

Names of members of Japan WWII 'germ warfare' unit to be released

Apo - A group of Japanese scholars is set to reveal the names of the members of a Japanese World War II germ warfare unit that infected and starved Chinese and allied POWs in a series of gruesome experiments.

China, Japan vow 'new starting point' in ties

Apo - Asian rivals China and Japan on Monday pledged a "new starting point" for bilateral ties, vowing to co-operate closely amid a flurry of diplomacy on the North Korean missile threat.

China, Japan ministers pave way for rare summits

Apo - The leaders of China and Japan are expected to pay reciprocal visits as relations between their countries warm, the Japanese foreign minister said on Sunday.

Abe seeks to move Japan off sidelines with Trump trip

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to the US Tuesday, hoping his carefully cultivated relations with "golf buddy" Donald Trump will help keep Japan in the loop and out of danger amid a flurry of diplomacy on North Korea.

Girls banned from Japan sumo event amid sexism uproar

Apo - Japan's sumo association came under fire for sexism again on Thursday after requesting girls be prevented from participating in events showcasing the traditional sport.

One killed as landslide engulfs houses in Japan

Apo - A man has been found dead and several people are missing after a landslide engulfed houses in southern Japan on Wednesday, local officials said.

Japanese confirmed as world's oldest living man aged 112

Apo - Masazo Nonaka from Japan was recognised Tuesday as the world's oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: sweets and hot baths.

Japan's vaunted alert system runs up against limits

Apo - On January 5, as Tokyo's commuters were struggling back to work after their long New Year break, blaring sirens from every phone pierced the sleepy atmosphere: "strong" earthquake coming.

Father who allegedly caged son for 20 years arrested in Japan

Apo - A father who allegedly confined his mentally ill son in a small cage for more than two decades was arrested on Saturday in western Japan, police and news reports said.

Japan anime giant Takahata dead at 82

Apo - Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work "Grave of the Fireflies", has died aged 82, the studio said on Friday.

Japan animation giant Takahata dies at 82: studio

Apo - Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who co-founded the Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work "Grave of the Fireflies", has died aged 82, the studio said on Friday.

Sumo chief sorry after women attempting CPR ordered out of ring

Apo - The head of Japan's sumo association has apologised after women attempting to perform CPR during a medical emergency Wednesday were repeatedly asked to leave a sumo ring.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics 'back on track' after rocky start

Apo - On a nondescript patch of land east of Tokyo, cranes are whirring frantically against a city skyscraper backdrop as 200 workers toil on the 2020 Olympic canoe venue.

Trump, Japan's Abe to meet in US on North Korea: White House

Washington - Donald Trump will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe April 17-18 to discuss the US president's planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un and other matters, the White House said Monday.

Japanese women confront grim taboo by saying 'me too'

Apo - When Rinko Nakajiri was first raped by a producer who seduced her with the promise of a record deal, the 17-year-old singer kept quiet, terrified about her career prospects.
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